2008 Indy State Day 2 - Olson Gets Relief

By Joe Shinners

    Madison – There are many emotions that litter the floor of the Kohl Center following the semifinals at the state individual wrestling tournament.

For Muskego sophomore Derek Olson, the only emotion he felt was relief.

Olson completely controlled his Division 1 semifinal against Ashwaubenon junior Zach Geyer and emerged with a 6-1 victory to advance to the 130-pound final Friday night at the Kohl Center.

Olson improved his record to 44-3 this year and is to face Sauk Prairie senior Matt Gaffney (44-1) in the finals, which are scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. Saturday.

Olson’s built a 4-0 lead through two periods and was never in jeapordy in the match as he solidly held Geyer (42-7) in check to advance.

“For me, it is a bit of weight off my shoulders,” said Olson, who entered high school with high expectations as one of the area’s top youth wrestlers. “I had a bad experience up here last year and didn’t get past the quarterfinals. Buy you have to learn from your mistakes. This win makes it all worth while.”

Gaffney defeated Arrowhead senior Arik Yde (43-6) by a 7-3 decision in the other semifinals.

Olson is Muskego’s first finalist since 2003, the year Jeremy Petfalski fell short in his bid for a title at 145. Muskego’s other semifinalist, senior Scott Lau, lost, 10-4, to Chippewa Falls senior Martino Balsiger at 119 pounds.

Olson, though, was rock-solid.

“He controlled it from start to finish,” said Muskego coach Ted Price. “When he does that, he should be right where he is – in the finals.”

Hucke rolls for Arrowhead: Two-time state champion Nick Hucke, a senior from Arrowhead, had no problems in his third consecutive semifinal appearance in Division 1.

Hucke built a 10-1 lead and nearly posted a pin early in the second period, eventually posting a 10-4 victory over Verona senior Justin Garcia (38-0) in the semis at 135 pounds.

Hucke is to face Fond du Lac senior Ben Thone (41-7) in the final.


         Hucke was the only one of three Arrowhead semifinalists to win. Other than Yde, junior James Clark (40-3), a two-time semifinalist, lost by a 3-1 decision in overtime to Hortonville senior Anthony VandeHei (35-2) in their 125 semi.

VandeHei is to face No. 1-ranked Green Bay Preble/East senior Malachi Root (47-00 in the final at 125.

Hucke, unlike Yde and Clark, was able to get his offense going right off the bat.

“We want to go out and get in position to score points,” said Arrowhead coach John Mesenbrink. “That’s exactly what (Hucke) does. That’s the difference with Hucke.”

Schlottke gets scare: Mukwonago defending 152-pound state champion Billy Schlottke (44-0), a senior, received a scare in his semifinal against Kaukauna junior Eric Vanevenoven (42-5)in their match at 152.

Schlottke already had given up a reversal on a sloppy ride, then nearly got caught for nearfall points when he was cradled out of bounds by Vanevenoven in a match that was tied at the time 3-3 with 22 seconds left in the match.

“I knew I was out of bounds,” Schlottke said. “I was still scared. But sometimes it pays to know the rule book.”

Schlottke recovered and quickly escaped and scored an escape and a takedown. He is to face Hortonville senior Jake Abhold (33-8) in the final.

Vanevenhoven didn’t offer much offense, but did frustrate Schlottke with a leg ride that eventually drew a stalling penalty on Schlottke.

“He didn’t do much,” said Schlottke. “It sucks when you wrestle a kid like that.”

Mukwonago’s other semifinalist, senior Brad Baus, had to forfeit his match with a separated shoulder against Kaukauna senior Joe Budi (48-0). Baus entered the match at 43-0 and was credited with his first loss of the season, denying the crowd a much-hyped showdown.

“That’s too bad,” said Mukwonago coach Andy Trudell. “(Baus) would have given it a go, that’s for sure.” 

Lemmer eyes title: Milwaukee Bradley Tech senior Jeff Lemmer (51-0) is the third brother in his family to advance to the state meet. Now he’s the first to advance to the finals.

Lemmer defeated Kaukauna sophomore Noah Budi by a 9-4 decision to advance to the final at 160. Lemmer is to face Elkhorn junior Richard Kessler (33-3) in the final.

Lemmer is trying to become the first Tech state champion since Bob Morales won the 112 title in 1978.

“Now that I’m in the finals, I have nothing to lose,” said Lemmer. “It’s just the last match. I’m going to relax until tomorrow and get going again.”

Dieringer, Thielke move on: Port Washington freshman Alex Dieringer (44-0) and Germantown freshman Jesse Thielke (45-0) both advanced to the finals in their respective weight classes.

Dieringer allowed one escape and basically rode La Crosse Logan junior Billy Lorenz (40-3) into the mat en rout to a 6-1 victory in their semi at 103. Dieringer is to face defending champion Alex Becka (45-2), a senior from Manitowoc, in the finals. Dieringer has already beaten Becka twice this year.

Thielke was turned for nearfall points by Shawano freshman Jered Kust (41-3), but easily escaped the situation and went on to a 7-3 decision in their semi at 112 pounds.

Thielke is to face Wisconsin Rapids senior Carl DeLuca (43-2) in the final at 112.

Neither seemed too impressed with their victories.

“We’re used to it,” said Dieringer. “I’ll celebrate when I win the title.”

Added Thielke: “I wasn’t nervous when I got turned. I’m not one to freak out when I get scored on. I just keep on wrestling.”

Zeitler pulls surprise: Wisconsin Lutheran senior Kevin Zeitler (43-1) used a powerful ride to subdue Janesville Parker senior Harold Lloyd (39-2) in a 3-2 decision in their 285 semi.

Zeitler, the first Lutheran wrestlers to advance to the finals, is to face No. 1-ranked Ashwaubenon senior Zak Saevre (47-0) in the 285 final.

Zeitler came away surprised.

“I didn’t even think I’d get out of the first round, or the second,” he said. “I’m shocked.”

Lemens scores upset: Kenosha St. Joseph senior Austin Lemens (42-3) registered a takedown at the buzzer in overtime to beat Mineral Point sophomore Dylan Schroeder (40-4) by a 4-2 decision in one Division 3 semifinal.

Lemens advanced to face top-ranked Cashton senior Andrew Dahl (48-2), a two-time state champ, in the final.

Simpson earns history: Maranatha Baptist Academy Donny Simpson (32-0) defeated Brillion senior Jared Plate (28-1) by a 9-4 decision in one Division 3 semifinal at 135 pounds.

Simpson is the first Academy wrestler to advance to the finals in school history.